School Suspends Teen Boy for Carrying Purse. Why?

I swear, I am an individual.. There just more ‘individuals’ like me…

Dr. Rebecca Hains

For several weeks, an eighth-grade boy outside of Kansas City has been expressing his individuality by carrying a floral-print Vera Bradley purse. But yesterday, his assistant principal demanded he remove it. The boy refused, and he was immediately suspended from school.

This raises a question: Why is it a problem for a boy to carry a purse instead of a backpack if he wants to? By breaking gender stereotypes, he’s not hurting anyone. Instead, he’s showing the world that he has good self-esteem and self-confidence—that he is secure his identity.

Unfortunately, his school administrators’ actions show that they want to force a 13-year-old kid into stereotypical masculinity. Apparently, they value gender conformity over creativity and individuality.

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Violent Femmes : Hallowed Grounds

On the hollowed grounds
Do the reaped souls weep, 
For their painful presence
Offers them no rest, nor sleep


The album itself is a unique sound I had not heard before (one month shy of fifteen so I can say that), and inspires a darker outtake and perspective of music.  Perhaps The Cure still rank as obscure, following the usual New Wave bands, but Violent Femmes has given me, once again, and inspiration I had misplaced. Perhaps it’s my inner bitch, but no one understands me, and this music is the only way I an express myself ( excluding the poetry).

  I mean it, I feel that when keeping this music in mind, it was written for me. Maybe it’s because my parents never loved me enough (when in truth they love me too much) but I swear, I know I am different.


        So, a different sound for a different person.